Life Transformation Groups are hot! You’ll be hard pressed to find another discipleship model that is growing faster in popularity. Neil Cole, founder of the LTG concept, says national and international use has exceeded his ability to track.
Each LTG meets weekly with two-three same sex friends. Adding a fourth is okay for a short while before multiplying the group. Each LTG participant caries a pamphlet outlining a ritual discussion consisting of:
- Character Confession -Ten predefined accountability questions covering integrity, sexuality, generosity, etc… are discussed to keep each other’s character in line.
- Scripture Reading - The group agrees to read and discus 25-30 chapters of the Bible each week. If one participant fails to read it all, they all re-read it for next week.
- Outreach Prayer - Each participant prays for 2-3 people who do not know Jesus using ten proscribed Biblical texts.
Upon request, you could preview a pdf version of the LTG pamphlet I have on file from when Cole posted it free of charge. If you would like multiple copies however, you ought to buy them here.
Praises: LTG’s are Simple, Intense, and Well Balanced between Outreach and Discipleship. I love the simple clarity of direction that would be supplied by carrying a short written ritual for every gathering.
Critique: I don’t think accountability gets us as far Cole supposes. LTG questions suggest that discipleship is primarily about not doing things you are not supposed to do. Discipleship certainly requires dying before living, but as far a as weekly model is concerned, I think we need something that constructs more than deconstructs.